European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Launched in June 2004, the EHIC or European Health Insurance Card enables holders to access medical resources when travelling within the EU...

European residents who are covered by a social security scheme in their country of residence are entitled to a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The card simplifies the procedure when receiving unforeseen medical assistance during their visit to a member state. It should be carried when travelling within the European Economic Area, (i.e. the European Union, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and Switzerland. Each person travelling should have their own card.

The EHIC entitles the holder to the same treatment at the same cost as a national of that country. For example, if medical care is provided free of charge in the member state where treatment is required, the claimant will be entitled to free medical care on presentation of the card or an equivalent document.

Presentation of the EHIC guarantees reimbursement of the medical costs on the spot, or soon after returning home.

The card is only valid for state provided services and not private hospitals or treatments.

Residents of new member countries may not be able to use their EHIC in certain countries, including Switzerland. It is suggested that residents of countries that have recently joined the EU verify this with the social security administration in the country of residence prior to travel.

  • For general information from the EU about the EHIC: Click here

Note: Third-country nationals (from outside the EU/EEA) resident in the EU and holding an EHIC cannot use their EHIC in Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland. In Iceland, non EU/EEA nationals are only covered for emergency treatment. Holders of an EHIC in Denmark will only be eligible for free treatment in a public hospital in the event of:

  • a sudden illness
  • an unexpected aggravation of a chronic condition
  • an emergency
  • childbirth

EU citizens receiving pensions from their home country

As of 1 May 2010, the responsibility of issuing the EHIC is no longer with a person's state of residence, but with the state where a person is paying to or benefiting from the social security system. This affects people receiving pensions from their EU home country rather than their country of residency. For example, a resident of Cyprus receiving a pension in the UK should now apply for the EHIC in the UK.

The Card

The only personal information on the EHIC is the card holder's surname and first name, personal identification number and date of birth. The European health insurance card does not contain medical data. The card contains the same information in all countries where it is issued.

The duration of validity of the card varies from country to country.

Replacement of E Forms

The European Health Insurance Card replaces forms previously used within the EU:

  • E111 and E111B used by tourists
  • E110 used by international road transporters
  • E128 used by students and people working in a Member State other than their own
  • E119 used by people registered as unemployed and seeking work in another Member State

Note: The forms E111 (and others) have not been valid since 31 December 2005.

Getting an EHIC in Cyprus

Those paying into or benefiting from the Cypriot social security system can obtain an EHIC by submitting a completed application and supporting documents to the nearest hospital or the Ministry of Health. Cards are free of charge.

  • Ministry of Health
    At: 10 Markou Drakou Street, 1448 Lefkosia
    Tel: 22 400 207 / 22 305 354
    Fax: 22 305 346

Charges differ from country to country. In some countries, treatment is provided at full cost with reimbursement for a percentage available later, while in others only the actual costs that would be incurred by a resident of that country are charged up front.

  • For a guide from the UK National Health Service/NHS regarding the schemes in participating countries: Click here
EHIC Smartphone Application

The European Commission (Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) has developed a useful multi-language smartphone application which gives details of how to use the EHIC in different countries within the EU. It summarises the treatments, costs, procedure for reimbursement and emergency numbers.

  • European Health Insurance Card app for iPhone: Click here
  • European Health Insurance Card app for Android: Click here
  • European Health Insurance Card app for Windows Smartphone: Click here
Related Information
Do you have a suggestion to improve this page? click here...

Featured Business

Safe.T.First Pool Safety Ltd

Cyprus's only dedicated pool safety company, specialising in Pool Safety Fences, Pool Safety...

Home & Garden Cyprus

Cyprus' first online tool store, offering a range of power and garden tools for all your DIY...

Highgate School

Private English speaking nursery, primary and secondary school for ages 2-18 located in Nicosia....

Business Directory:
Related Categories

Featured Information

Schooling & Education

Schooling & Education

Find out about the Cyprus and the international primary, secondary and university school systems.

Public Transport

Public Transport

All about air, rail, road and water transportation options into, around and out of Cyprus.



Machairas Monastery

Machairas Monastery

Byzantine beauty, South of Nicosia

Related Discussions

image description
See more...



Useful local maps covering all key areas of Cyprus


Featured Business

Euro Group

Moving to Cyprus, looking for a professional and reliable company? Contact the Euro Group, your... Read more...

Peter Morton Removals Ltd.

Weekly groupage to and from UK, all removals, packing, full containers, sea and airfreight... Read more...

Danos & Associates

We are a leading Cyprus firm of lawyers specialised in Company Law, Real Estate Law, Debt... Read more...

Useful Tools

Get Listed

If your business or non-profit organisation is based within Cyprus, you can list it in the Business Directory free of charge


Useful Tools

Tell A Friend

Have you found AngloINFO helpful? Why not tell your friends about it. If you don't use social media, you can find a simple email form here.


Welcome to AngloINFO Cyprus

Everything you need for life in Cyprus - local information you can trust
The AngloINFO Cyprus Business is available for franchising

Do you dream of having your own, profitable, easy-to-operate business? AngloINFO might be the solution!

Now in its fifteenth year of business, AngloINFO is the world's leading network of expat information websites - with over three million monthly visitors from around the world.
We have an established network of 88 local websites in 41 countries with many more in development.

Our 54 local franchisees are the key to our success and come from a huge range of backgrounds, ages and nationalities. The common factor is a passion for success.